Headaches aren’t fun. Anytime I’ve ever experienced one, I can’t focus… I can’t seem to get anything done. All I want to do is shut myself off from the world around me until the pain dissipates. During a change in seasons, headaches unfortunately become quite common, so as the days grow colder, I wanted to share some natural remedies for headaches.
There are many different types of headaches, and different bodies respond differently to different treatments, so I would recommend testing various remedies until you find the ones that work best for you.
Dehydration is known to be one of the main causes of headaches. We all know we should be drinking a certain amount of water per day, but oftentimes it’s easier said than done. If you feel a headache coming on, it helps to stop and think about how much water you’ve had that day, and then drink up accordingly. As a preventative measure, it’s great to make an effort to drink an adequate amount of water every day. You’ll reap so many other benefits, too, from the removal of toxins from the body to the emergence of radiant skin — and so much more.
Drinking certain kinds of tea – like ginger, peppermint, or chamomile – can help ease headaches of all kinds. Ginger is great for migraines in that in inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandin (which helps send pain signals to the brain), as well as soothes feelings of nausea, which often accompany migraines. Peppermint is thought to help reduce spasms in the stomach, which may actually help to relieve headaches – and since peppermint is additionally known to help soothe nausea, it may also be a good option for relieving migraines. Chamomile can also be used to treat (and prevent) headaches, as it relaxes the muscles and helps reduce stress (a common headache cause).
3. Essential Oil
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries as a way to relieve pain. Some of the most effective types for relieving headaches are lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus. To use, you can mix a few drops of essential oil with water or coconut oil and rub onto your temples, neck, and shoulders. Another way to use aromatherapy is to add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath. The combination of the warm water and beautiful scent will be incredibly relaxing as your headache dissipates.
Acupressure can help relieve headaches by easing muscle tension and releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. The best acupressure points for headaches are:
- The forehead — directly between your eyebrows
- The temples
- The back of the neck — right in the middle
- The top of the head — right in the middle, in line with your ears
- The hand — the web between your thumb and pointer finger
- The top of the foot — between your big toe and the one next to it
Use your thumbs to apply pressure or the pads of your fingers to massage the area in a circular motion. Continue to hold these points for about 1-2 minutes, or until the area begins to feel warm.
A word of caution: Acupressure can cause dizziness or lightheadedness, so use caution if you begin to feel this way.
Relaxation always seems to pop up as a cure for numerous ailments – and headaches are another to add to the list. Many headaches are caused by stress and anxiety, so finding ways to relax can help treat them on the spot – and prevent them in the future. See our post on 15 ways to instantly relax for some inspiration!
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
This remedy was actually a suggestion from one of the commenters on our Apple Cider Vinegar Uses & Benefits post (thank you!!). Intrigued, I did some research, and it turns out that apple cider vinegar has in fact helped give many people relief from headaches. There are two ways to do it: the ingestion method and the vaporization method. To ingest, you can dilute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink all at once. This promotes blood flow throughout your body, as well as helps to balance the body’s pH level. You can also inhale apple cider vinegar vapor. To do this, put 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in a pan with 2 cups of distilled water and bring to a boil. When you see the vapor begin to rise, turn off the heat. Then, put a towel over your head and carefully lean over the steam, taking slow, deep breaths until you feel the pain dissipate.
If you know of any other natural remedies for headaches, please comment and let us know!
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